Motoboys of Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

December 11, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Rocinha is home to somewhere between 180 to 300,000 people and is officially a "favela", but has developed to the point that there is electricity, businesses, health clinics, restaurants, and schools.  At the same time, Rocinha has been plagued by the presence of drug dealers and gangs that control many aspects of life in the favela.  Recently, the Brazilian government has employed a "pacification" force of police who have curbed the drug trade and displaced many drug activities, making the community safer and calmer, to a degree.  One of the most unique products of life in Rocinha is the locally owned and operated "motoboys" who function as motorcycle taxis to bring passengers up and down the steep, curvy, and overcrowded streets and avenues that wind throughout the community.  This project is a glimpse into life in Rocinha, from the perspective of a motoboy.

 



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